I recently got my Philips Fidelio X1's and I'll be honest with you. Until I put everything on; this was insanely amazing... then I listened to it. It sounds EXTREMELY dull, flat and lifeless. It's even worse when playing quiet volumes.. It's so bad compared to my gamecoms which sound lively and so much nicer??? What the hell, have I recieved duds?
It's using onboard audio on my ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 motherborad.... I'm going to make sure it's not a dud and get amazon to send me a replacement. What suggestions do you have?
I am using it in comparison to my gamecom 780 which delivers sound thru USB... which could explain why my onboard audio is so bad I havent considered upgrading it?
What budget soundcards will make the most of my fidelio X1? If there is a way to make it sound so perfectly amazing, I'll go ahead and purchase amps and what not (budget is £100 though so not much), but for now to test these headphones I would like a budget sound card under £50, such as the XONAR DGX or Creative Z.. even then, it's practically out of my budget because I'm spending a lot of my new PC parts..
Would just like to say for those of you whom are visiting this page after googling "fidelio x1s" that these headphones sound truly amazing.. just don't trust any onboard sound cards to make noise that is capable of these 'phones. I currently use the Soundblaster Z and the Asus Xonar Essense STX and the Fidelio sounds more than amazing. Truly one of the best purchases I have made on my PC. It enhances everything.
Edited by Trojan Horse - 2/17/14 at 7:09am